by Greg Creason | Dec 20, 2017

Scott Gray receives Quality Leader of the Year Award from ASQ’s Automotive Division in recognition of his leadership and achievements in automotive quality. 

December 20, 2017, Southfield, MI – The Automotive Division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) has awarded their prestigious Quality Leader of the Year Award to Scott A. Gray, director of quality products & services at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The ASQ Automotive Division presents this award annually to recognize the quality leadership contributions of outstanding automotive industry leaders – specifically executives who demonstrate a customer-focused quality philosophy and a defect prevention oriented vision.

Scott Gray was nominated for his ability to drive transformational change, demonstrate customer focus, and his track record of collaboration and continual improvement. According to David Butler, chairman of the ASQ Automotive Division, “Scott was selected for this award for his visionary leadership and transformational change in driving quality improvement on an international level. He is most deserving of this prestigious recognition.”   

Gray’s achievements include the revision of the industry’s Quality Management System Standard, IATF 16949:2016, and the development of the new AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook. Both efforts required significant collaboration among key players in the global automotive supply chain and took multiple years to complete, demonstrating perseverance – another trait Quality Leader of the Year winners share.

“I am honored to receive this award from ASQ,” said Gray. “Working collaboratively with OEMs and suppliers on quality projects for the industry has been a tremendous experience. I am proud of the impact these initiatives have, and will have in the future, on the automotive industry. I view quality as a team sport, and it is my opinion that the industry is poised to accelerate progress in product quality and safety with more of these collaborative projects in the coming years. “

About AIAG
Established in 1982, AIAG is a not-for-profit association where professionals from a diverse group of stakeholders - including retailers, suppliers of all sizes, automakers, manufacturers, service providers, academia and government - work collaboratively to streamline industry processes via global standards development and harmonized business practices. To learn more about AIAG, visit

About ASQ:  ASQ, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With individual and organizational members in more than 140 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.